ACEC/PA Honors Pennsylvania Engineering Companies at Annual Diamond Awards Gala

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March 3, 2015

ACEC/PA Honors Pennsylvania Engineering Companies at Annual Diamond Awards Gala

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Harrisburg, PA – Last evening, The American Council of Engineering Companies of Pennsylvania (ACEC/PA) honored engineering firms at the organization's annual Diamond Awards for Engineering Excellence gala at The Hershey Lodge, Hershey, PA.

This year's winners strengthened our infrastructure, enhanced public safety, raised the engineering profession's profile, and offered sustainable, economical solutions for clients and taxpayers. The winning projects are as diverse as the firms involved.

The Grand Conceptor Award, the highest honor bestowed upon an individual project for innovative techniques, sustainability, and complexity, was awarded to the I-81 River Relief Route Emergency Design Work, Designed by Gannett Fleming, Inc., Camp Hill, PA, for the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation District 8-0. The design work for the I-81 Interchange and Route 22/322 ramps was the result of a required immediate response after a tanker truck overturned and caught fire on one of the ramps that connects the two highways. Accelerated Bridge Construction (ABC) was used to repair the structures, which was reopened within seven months.

The Best Panel Award, which recognizes the top entry based on text quality and visual appeal, was presented for the Siegrist's Mill Covered Bridge Restoration, designed by RETTEW Associates, Inc., for the County of Lancaster.

Ten projects received Honor Awards for their contributions to excellence in engineering. Through exceptional planning and engineering design, these award-winning projects significantly contribute to the quality of life for Pennsylvania citizens. These awards also recognize the involved design professionals for their expertise and dedication to the engineering profession. The award winners are as follows, in order of category:

Category A: Studies, Research & Consulting Services

Project: Penn's Landing Redevelopment Study

Firm: Johnson, Mirmiran & Thompson, Inc., Philadelphia, PA

Owner: Delaware River Waterfront Corporation

Category B: Building Technology Systems

Project: Paseo Verde

Firm: Urban Engineers, Inc., Philadelphia, PA

Owner: Asociación Puertorriqueños en Marcha

Category C: Structural Systems

Project: Accelerated Construction Delivers SR 288 Bridge Replacement in Seven Days

Firm: Johnson, Mirmiran & Thompson, Inc., Moon Township, PA

Owner: Pennsylvania Department of Transportation District 11-0

Category D: Surveying and Mapping Technology

Project: Monitoring Surveys on the New Baltimore Slide

Firm: Johnson, Mirmiran & Thompson, Inc., York, PA

Owner: Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission

Category E: Environmental

Project: Currie Landfill Investigation and Remediation Design

Firm: Michael Baker International, Moon Township, PA

Owner: Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection

Category G: Water Resources

Project: Osborne Storage Lagoon and Ross Spray Field

Firm: RETTEW Associates, Inc., Lancaster, PA

Owner: Oxford Area Sewer Authority

Category H: Transportation

Project: Juniata River Bridge Replacement Project

Firm: Erdman Anthony, Mechanicsburg, PA

Owner: Pennsylvania Department of Transportation District 2-0

Category I: Special Projects

Project: Schuylkill River Trail Extension – Locust Street to South Street Boardwalk

Firm: URS Corporation, Conshohocken, PA

Owner: Philadelphia Department of Parks and Recreation

Category J: Small Projects

Project: SR 4009 Babcock Bridge over Girty's Run

Firm: Dawood Engineering, Inc., Grantville, PA

Owner: Pennsylvania Department of Transportation District 11-0

Category K: Energy

Project: Temple University Microgrid: Campus Electrical Infrastructure Modernization

Firm: Burns Engineering, Inc., Philadelphia, PA

Owner: Temple University

Please note that ACEC/PA did not receive award submissions for Categories F (Waste and Stormwater) and L (Industrial and Manufacturing Processes and Facilities).

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